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  • 15:15 GT Exhibitions Hackwood Stakes 6f 8y

  • (Group 3) £60,000 added 3yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216
  • Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 1m 10.48s
  • Off time: 15:15:42

Heeraat gained a first Pattern race success at Newbury

Last Updated: 20/07/13 4:05pm

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Heeraat: A first Group race success

Heeraat: A first Group race success

Heeraat (3/1) gained a first Pattern race success when landing Newbury's GT Exhibitions Hackwood Stakes.

The William Haggas trained four year old had won a handicap over course and distance from a mark of 101 in April and opened his pattern race account in this Group Three contest after a couple of near misses.

One of those came behind Hamza at Beverley and Kevin Ryan's speedster took the field along, only giving way late in the day to Paul Hanagan's mount who ran on well to score by a length and a quarter.

Krypton Factor was also doing his best work in the closing stages but the 13/8 favourite never looked like landing the money, seemingly always struggling to go the pace, as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes sixth failed to make the most of the drop in grade.

Haggas's wife Maureen felt the York race brought on the winner, saying: "Last week just tuned him up and gave him a nice blow. It was a gamble running him over six furlongs, because a lot of his form was over five, but it was a gamble worth taking.

"At York he was unfortunate in that he didn't see the horse (winner) on the other side of the track. But this has opened things up for the future, giving William more options."

Hanagan said: "He deserved that - he's been so consistent all season. It's nice to be able to give him the winning feeling. William was desperate to try him over six furlongs and it paid off."

Mrs Haggas had news on Mukhadram who will swerve next Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

She explained: "I think Sheikh Hamdan is running Roger Varian's horse (Ektihaam) and I think we are more aiming towards the Juddmonte, with next weekend's Sky Bet Stakes at York an option beforehand. He's so tough, and only lost six kilos at Ascot."

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